As many readers have reported, seven Democratic senators, in the Washington State Legislature, including three from Seattle, voted to move forward a bill (SB 5748) that would tie student test scores to teacher evaluation. The vote was 26 yeas to 23 nays.
Without support from the following Democrats, SB 5748 would have failed:
•Annette Cleveland, Vancouver
•Mark Mullet, Issaquah
•Jamie Pedersen, Seattle
•David Frockt, Seattle
•Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Seattle
•Steve Hobbs, Lake Stevens
•Cyrus Habib, Bellevue
I'm not against using test scores in teacher evaluation, however, it is the weight of those scores in the evaluation that counts. (A cursory look at the bill gives no indication of this; did anyone read it thru and see this?)
The Times weighed in this week with two op-eds, one with a now-why-didn't-I-think-of-that premise, the other an apparent ad for a charter school.
The former brings this laughable statement: What this tells us is that while Washington has become a world-class industry and technology leader, we are not fully investing in our educational systems.
Then it says, "And that system we rely on to prepare the workers, innovators and leaders..." I am relying on public education - above out - to churn out good citizens FIRST. Not workers.
Then the op-ed goes on to hail a meeting today - Trust in Innovative - with a lot of government and business types who will talk about...innovating.
The charter op-ed has this title, "Web Programming is the new cursive for students" but it's written by the "founder and executive director" of a charter school. The author goes on about how his school is doing in enrollment and how "committed" they are to students coding (at least twice).
I've written op-eds and you don't get much space for your argument and yet the Times thought it important that the author use up space to advertise his school. Hmm.